HIPRC News and Notes -- November 2017
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Student opportunities at HIPRC

A new HIPRC Student Interest Group is open to currently enrolled undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students with an interest in injury research. This new organization is designed to foster year-long student engagement with research through mentorship, research support, presentation opportunities and networking.

HIPRC has also opened applications for the 2018 INSIGHT Summer Research Program. This paid, eight-week internship gives undergraduate, graduate and first-year medical students hands-on experience conducting, analyzing and presenting research. Applications for INSIGHT are due by Jan. 15, 2018.

Both programs are open to eligible students enrolled at any college or university.

“Mix-and-Match” injury control curriculum available

A new series of prebuilt modules for University of Washington faculty and students is designed to build foundational knowledge of injury prevention and control. The free “Interprofessional Studies on Injury Prevention and Control” curriculum offers a series of six short modules that can be used separately or together in Canvas. Read more about the curriculum on the blog.

HIPRC members elected to national leadership posts

Dr. Ronald MaierDr. Eileen BulgerTwo core members of Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center were elected as leaders in the American College of Surgeons during the organization’s Clinical Congress 2017 in San Diego, Oct. 22-26.

Core member Ronald Maier, M.D., FACS, the Jane and Donald D. Trunkey Endowed Chair in Trauma Surgery at University of Washington, was elected President-Elect of the ACS for 2017-2018.

Core member Eileen Bulger, M.D., FACS, is the first woman to be elected chair of the ACS Committee on Trauma, which plays a major role in both national and international conversations and initiatives in trauma care.

Read more about HIPRC member contributions to the ACS Clinic Congress on the blog.

Event Calendar

Nov. 23-24, (Thursday & Friday): Holiday Closure
Nov. 29, (Wednesday) 1 p.m.: Work-in-Progress: “Out-of-Hospital Detection of Acute Opioid Overdose Events” with Jacob Sunshine, M.D., M.S.

Dec. 6, (Wednesday) 1 p.m.: Faculty Meeting

Dec. 8, (Friday) 1 p.m.: Journal Club: Global Injury led by Charlie Mock, M.D. 
(Remote access available via ZOOM, contact Project Coordinator Devin Moore at for instructions.)

Dec. 13, (Wednesday) 1 p.m.:
"The Anatomy of Persuasive Writing" with Kelsie Cleboski, MFA

Dec. 20, (Wednesday) 1 p.m.: Work-in-Progress: "Transportation Injury’s Denominator Problem: Deus ex Technica?” with Stephen Mooney, Ph.D.

Dec. 25, (Monday): Holiday Closure

Unless noted otherwise, all events take place at HIPRC offices

View the full calendar. 

Christine MacDonald was featured in a King 5 story on her research into veterans with traumatic brain injuries.
In the News
  • HIPRC Director Monica Vavilala, M.D., Violence Prevention section lead Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., Ph.D., MPH, and core member Eileen Bulger, M.D., FACS, co-authored an editorial for Crosscut calling on communities to remain focused on preparation to reduce the harm from gun violence.
  • Core member Christine Mac Donald, M.D., Ph.D., was featured in UW Medicine’s newsletter The Huddle discussing her work examining the long-term effects of battlefield concussions.
  • Violence Prevention section lead Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., Ph.D., MPH, had his recent study on American handgun carry habits covered by CBS New York. HIPRC Research Assistant Vivian Lyons, MPH, is a co-author on the study. Rowhani-Rahbar also commented on a recent study about gun training for Reuters.
  • An editorial co-authored by core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH and Violence Prevention section lead Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., Ph.D., MPH, in the Annals of Internal Medicine was quoted in a Reuters  article about a recent study examining the relationship between gun violence in California and nearby gun shows in Nevada. 
  • Associate member Caleb Banta-Green, Ph.D., MPH, was interviewed by CNN about a recent study examining treatment choices for opioid addiction.

HIPRC to host adult TBI webinar

Save the date for “Hot Topics and Best Practice in Adult Traumatic Brain Injury,” a day-long webinar on April 25, 2018. The webinar is a joint initiative of HIPRC and the Washington State Department of Health following the success of the joint pediatric TBI webinar in June, which had more than 300 attendees.

The webinar will feature a number of HIPRC members and will be free to join. A certificate of completion or CNE credit will be available for an additional fee. Registration is expected to open soon.
Looking for funding opportunities?

The University of Washington maintains a list of application cycles, including both internal and external award opportunities. Learn more at the Funding Opportunities page.

Other Opportunities 

Training: Suicide prevention training with Forefront
  • University of Washington’s Forefront has launched a new, online training program called “All Patients Safe” on suicide prevention for medical professionals. This training is designed to help medical professionals understand and incorporate suicide prevention skills into their practice. CME credit is available.
  • For the public, Forefront’s Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk (AMSR) training is a full-day in-person training that qualifies for Continuing Education Credit. The next training is Tuesday, Dec. 19, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the University of Washington, and the cost is $150.
Professional Meeting: Center for Health and Safety Culture Symposium
Registration Open
Meets June 20-22, 2018 at Montana State University

The Center for Health and Safety Culture (CHSC) at Montana State University works with communities’ culture so that healthy and safe behaviors are sustainable. The Center is initiating the first Symposium to support the evolution of science and practice in creating a positive culture to sustain safe and healthy choices.

The event is for anyone working within health and safety at the national, state, or community level. Learning objectives include:
  • Share best practice methods of cultural transformation;
  • Understand the latest science about the relationship between culture, health, and safety;
  • Explore how positive culture improves health and safety; and
  • Foster new partnerships, knowledge, and insights.
The Center for Health and Safety Culture Symposium will be held June 20th -22nd, 2018 in Bozeman, Montana at the Baxter Hotel. For more details, visit
Fellowship Opening: Gastrointestinal surgery fellowship
Closes Jan. 15, 2018

The University of Washington (UW) Centers for Comparative and Health Systems Effectiveness (CHASE Alliance) and the UW Department of Surgery’s Surgical Outcomes Research Center (SORCE) are pleased to offer a NRSA T32 training opportunity in gastrointestinal surgery outcomes research. As part of the UW CHASE Alliance, the SORCE training program will focus on the development of well-trained clinical, outcomes, and health services researchers with an emphasis on digestive disease interventions.

They are currently accepting applications for the 2019 – 2021 cohort, which will start July 1, 2019. All University of Washington applications, apply via the CHASE Alliance catalyst site: (must have UW NetID). All non-University of Washington applicants, please submit all materials via email to ( Application Deadline: Jan. 15, 2018
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